On June 25, the wood bat summer college Ohio Monarchs Blue team played against the defending National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series champs, the Ohio Monarchs Gold, for the first time this summer season.
However, a hard fought contest between the two teams was not to be as the game was called on account of rain with only two outs in the bottom of the second inning. A make-up game is planned, but details are not yet known.
Ross Gerdeman, who just finished his freshman year playing for the Bowling Green Falcons, got the start on the mound for the Blue team. Gerdeman struck out one and hit one batter in two full innings of work while facing nine batters.
Genoa High graduate Cory Hornyak (sophomore, Youngstown State) was the starting pitcher for the Gold. He was roughed up early, giving up four runs in the first inning while facing 10 batters from the Blue team. Hornyak did record one strike out in one complete inning of work and was replaced in the second inning by Joshua Stidham (Anthony Wayne/Wooster). Stidham recorded one strike out while facing two batters in the bottom of the second inning before the game was called.
Jake Cappelletty (St. John’s Jesuit/Adrian) singled in the second and advanced to second on a wild pick-off move from Gerdeman. Two batters later, Colin Meinzer (Central Catholic/Wooster) singled and picked up an RBI as Cappelletty scored from second giving Gold their only run of the game.
The Blue team started their scoring effort early with Stephen Torres (Draper, Utah/Bluffton) was singled in by Lake grad and his Bluffton teammate Cody McPherson. McPherson advanced to third on a double by Nick Broyles (Whitmer/Bluffton) which brought in Chad Meyer (Tinora/Adrian) for the second run of the inning.
Alex Timofeev (Clay/Defiance) and Zach Lammers (Brookville/Dayton) both singled and gained RBIs for the third and fourth runs in the first inning. In the second inning Torres again singled and advanced on a single and a hit batter and scored from third base on a wild pitch for the Blue team’s fifth run of the game. Timofeev was just coming up to bat when the rain came pouring down and about five minutes later the game was officially called.
Monarchs general manager Steve Timofeev says that the Gold team is returning about 90 percent of their team from last season and that Cory Lehman (Central Catholic/Sienna Heights) is leading the team with a batting average of .500 and Stidham is leading the pitchers with a 0.60 ERA.
The Blue team, with new head coach Tim Mathews, is rebuilding its staff with 16 pitchers on the roster. Leading the Blue in batting average is McPherson with a .379 average and Alex Radon (St. Francis/Toledo) has not allowed an earned run in 7.2 innings of work while Andrew Pinkleman (Evergreen/Ashland) has an ERA of 1.03 through 8.1 innings of work.
Rosters, schedules, and team stats for both the Blue and Gold teams can be found at www.ohiomonarchs.com.